Since this is my first year not getting out of school for summer, I’ve had a hard time defining when my summer started/is going to start. Even though it’s not technically summer yet, I usually consider Memorial Day the unofficial kick off to summer. But for some reason (most likely because I don’t have school telling me when my summer vacation begins) I haven’t really gotten into summer mode yet. Well, the weather is warm and the fair has come to town and I figure I need to stop wearing dark polishes and start wearing some brights and neons to help kick me into summer mode. So to start off, I put on the perfect summer polish… China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, A bright, neon coral cream… and my all time favorite polish to wear in the summer. I think this will be the start of a week straight of neons for me.
What are some of your favorite neon polishes?
Sick of the whole crackle nail polish trend? So am I. Or really, so was I. But Pure Ice has done something pretty damn cool and renewed my interest in crackle nail polish with their new line of Vinyl Remix crackle polishes.
Confused by my pictures? The magic that is Pure Ice’s Vinyl Remix polishes is a bit hard to comprehend at first, I must say. Basically, there are four different sets of Pure Ice Vinyl Remix polishes. Rave (orange), DJ Spinner (green), Emcee Me (yellow) and Vintage Remix (purple). Each set consists of one black polish (the crackle) and one white polish (the “Platinum Magic Base Coat” [which in reality is a bit deceiving because is actually the black crackle polishes that perform all the magic, not the white so-called "magic" base coat.]). All four sets look exactly the same besides the colored label on the black crackle polish bottle and the matching colored vinyl shaped nail file that comes along with. You have to wait to see differences in the polishes until you actually apply them on your nails. So how does this whole concept work, you ask? Well, first you apply the white Platinum Magic Base Coat. It doesn’t matter which one from which Vinyl set, all the white polishes are the same; it’s the black ones that differ. The instructions say to apply one coat but I did two. Wait for the polish to completely dry and then with the four different black crackle polishes, apply randomly in steaks. As the black polish starts to crackle over the Platinum Magic Base Coat, you will see the white polish turn either purple, green, yellow or orange depending on which black crackle you applied. The fun part in this is using multiple crackle polishes on each nail to create a multi-colored effect underneath the crackle.
Overall, I really love this concept. It still seems really far fetched and I have a hard time believing that Pure Ice, of all brands, came up with such an amazing and unique concept. It’s easy and fun and pretty hard to replicate any other way. Unless that is, you plan on creating a marbled mani base and then applying black crackle over top. And um, no thanks; that takes way too long in my opinion and I just don’t have the patience to endure such a task. The only downside to this whole Vinyl Remix concept I can think of is the messy-ness the application of applying multiple black crackle nail polishes in different directions, flooding cuticles leaves behind. But!!, if you are the proud owner of a round tipped paint brush used for clean up and a large bottle of 100% acetone, you my friend are in luck and will have no trouble at all cleaning up said mess. At this point I should try to convince you of how awesome this concept is and these polishes are but in all honesty, if the pictures alone haven’t made you shit your kickers, question your eye sight and/or run to the nearest Wal*Mart to get your grabby little hands on these, I don’t think anything else I say will help to convince you. Just saying. These polishes are awesome. And lucky you, the are already out on Wal*Mart shelves! Let’s celebrate!
(These products were sent to me for review.)
This summer OPI is releasing a Spider-Man themed collection to coincide with the release of a brand new Spider-Man movie. I’m not a huge Spider-Man fan but the nail polish-comic connection kind of thrills me so I was really looking forward to this collection. Let’s have a looksy, shall we?
Your Web Or Mine?. A frosty-ish mauve medium pink. It’s not so frosty that it’s an ugly frost polish… but it’s still clearly frosty. It’s subtle enough though that I still like it because of the color. This is two coats.
Into The Night. A deep metallic blue that is super shimmery and foil like in the sunlight. It lights up with dark midnight blue and silver sparkles with the sun hits it. It really is much prettier than I expected it to be. It is pretty sheer though for such a dark polish. This is three coats.
Number One Nemesis. A dark gunmetal grey polish that is slightly green tinted and filled with tons and tons of glass fleck like shimmer in gold, green and silver that sparkles rainbow colors in the sunlight. This is a very close runner up for being my favorite of the collection. I really, really love this polish. Like a lot, a lot. I had no idea I would love it so much. It may have even taken the top spot from OPI Brand New Skates as my all time favorite gunmetal silver polish. This is three coats but I probably could have gotten away just fine with two.
Just Spotted The Lizard. OMFG. OMFG. ARE YOU SEEING THIS!!!? Holy juhybdendfjkhbnef!!! Um… yeah. I’m freaking out. Like, seriously I’m having extreme issues right now. I can’t even function. This polish is so amazing. Like, I can’t even. omg. Anyways. I Just Spotted The Lizard is an antique gold-green-blue-teal metallic duochrome polish. Apparently it’s a dupe for Chanel Peridot which I almost spent $30 on when it came out but now I’m thankful that I didn’t. This is officially my new favorite gold polish and is definitely in my top five favorite polish of all time. Seriously, run, don’t walk to your nearest nail supply store to get this. You need like, seven bottles of it okay. No joke. Alright, I’m being such a spaz…I just can’t control my feelings right now. This is three coats.
This polish comes out in May and retails for $8.50 a bottle.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Rory. Seriously, pictures do not do this polish justice. This was the surprise of the collection for me. In the bottle and in indoor lighting it’s just a normal light pink-purple with silver foil-like shimmer. But in the sunlight the color becomes a much more vibrant shade of pink-lavender and the shimmer sparkles so pretty. I really like this one a lot. This was two coats.
Meg. An odd shade of green with the same silver foil shimmer as Rory. It’s somewhere between a faded green apple sort of green and the avocado green shade we saw yesterday in Zoya Tracie from the Beach Collection. This was two coats.
Mytra. What an odd name. Zoya typically names their polishes after female names but are there really any women out there named Mytra?? None that I’ve heard of, that’s for sure. Anyways, Mytra is a bright orange-coral polish that is somewhat dulled by the silver foil shimmer in it. This is two coats.
Carly. A warm, red toned medium purple filled with the same silver foil shimmer as the rest of the collection. However, in the sunlight in addition to the silver shimmer there is also a ton of pink, fuchsia, and some blue shimmer too. For what seems like an ordinary foil polish in indoor lighting, this polish really comes to life in the sunlight. It’s not what I would typically wear during Spring since it’s pretty dark but it’s gorgeous nonetheless. This is two coats.
Zuza. Probably my favorite from the collection. This polish is outstanding. Again, pictures do not do this polish justice. It’s a bit more green-aquamarine in real life than it is in these pictures and it’s filled with silver foil shimmer. It’s also more vibrant in pictures. The top picture is most color accurate. If this polish isn’t the perfect polish for Summer, I don’t know what is. This is two coats.
Kimber. My second favorite of the collection. Kimber is a warm hot pink, slightly berry tinted jelly filled with lots of gold shimmer. I’m glad that this polish doesn’t have small silver foil shimmer like the rest of the collection cause it really would have cooled down this polish and it wouldn’t have been nearly as gorgeous as it is with the gold shimmer. This is so pretty and I really don’t own anything like it. Kimber is perfect for Summer. This is two coats.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Shelby. Ooooh! This one is really pretty! It’s a light yet bright, slightly fuchsia and blue toned pink creme. I like the name a lot. I can imagine wearing this polish as a pedi color all summer long, walking along the beach with the sand in my toes. If only that beach were in Australia, since that’s what the name Shelby makes me think of. This was three coats but if I had used thicker coats I may have been able to get away with just two.
Arizona. A light orange creme. This makes it seem more like a bright or medium orange creme but it’s not. It’s not a pastel either… it just has more light yellow in it I would say. It’s softer and lighter than the pictures show though. I quite like this one. This is two coats.
Tracie. The only non creme polish in the collection. It’s a somewhat muted avocado-y green filled with tiny silver pearl-like shimmer that isn’t too sparkly. It’s an odd color to describe. It’s definitely unique. This was two coats.
Wednesday. My favorite color and favorite name of the entire collection! So the original Wednesday is the little girl from The Adams Family but Bridgete Marquardt who was Hef’s old girlfriend on the show The Girls Next Door (a show which I used to be unhealthily obsessed with) had the cutest little black puppy who she named Wednesday and that’s who this polish makes me think of. Wednesday is a muted green-turquoise-blue creme. This so reminds me of the beach. I absolutely love this polish, If you get one polish from the collection, this should be it. I know there’s a lot of similar blue-turquoise cremes out there, but this one is special. It’s so pretty. This was two coats.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
China Glaze Sun Worshiper. A polish I’ve had sitting in my collection, unused, since it was first released. This entire week So Cal is expecting on and off rain so I took advantage of the sun before the storm and broke out my first neon of the year. Sun Worshiper is a neon orange creme. It’s much more yellow and less red than it looks in the pictures. It’s about the same color s the bottle color. I really like this polish a lot and can see myself wearing it in the summer a lot. The only downfall to this polish was the terrible formula. It’s sheer, streaky, and takes four coats to be fully opaque and get rid of the streakiness. Luckily, since it’s a neon it dries matte so you don;t really have to wait between coats to prevent dragging. Normally any polish that is a four coater is automatically a loser in my book. I can barely take applying three coats so four is almost always out of the question. But I like the color a lot so it’s a keeper.
This Spring, seven new polishes are being added to the Kardashion Kolor. If you could just ignore the fact that some of these pictures were taken in the sun and other in the shade, that would be great. The weather was playing tricks on me and not being very helpful.
Paparazzi Don’t Preach. A peach creme. It’s more of a nude type peach rather than an orange-y obvious peach. It’s very subtle and pretty. I feel like I see the Kardashians (specifically Kourtney) wearing peach quite a lot so this polish is the one polish that I feel like is the most Kardashian-esque. Sweet. Feminine. Classy. This has Kardashain all over it. As a side note, I photographed this when the sun was behind the clouds.. it does warm up a bit in the sun. This was two coats.
One Big Happy Fame-ily. This name is totally them. Ha. It’s a light yet vibrant lilac filled with lots of small irregular sized and shaped silver fleck glitter. This is perfect for Spring. It reminds me of the lilac trees in Chicago. This was three coats.
Strike A Pose. A bright coral orange creme. Remember about two years ago when everyone was all into wearing Bahama style clothing and everything had starfish or coral on it? No, just me? This was one of the huge colors used with that style. It was like, this bright orange coral, off white, tan, and turquoise. I remember seeing those colors together all the time making up various outfits plastered all over every single fashion magazine two Spring/Summers ago. If you don’t remember what I’m talking about, just pretend you do to make me feel better. This was two coats.
Smile For The Glam-era. A dark eggplant purple with small irregular sized and shaped fuchsia fleck glitter and and sparse and scattered small gold fleck glitter. It’s not exactly what I think of when I think of Spring but it’s nice and unique. This is two coats.
Back To Reality… TV. A light-medium purple creme filled with hot pink-fuchsia shimmer. I think this is my favorite of the collection. It’s beyond perfect for spring. You’re heard me say it a million times and I’ll say it again: purple is probably my least favorite polish color. There’s so many purples out there that are just boring and blah. This one isn’t It’s probably my favorite shade of purple for a polish and the pink glitter just makes it that much more special. If you’re going to buy one polish from this collection, my suggestion is let it be this one. This was two coats and had perfect application.
(these were sent to me for review.)